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post #11 of 37 Old 04-19-2014, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer View Post
And some people have both. Doesn't mean we get to vilify them for having it easier financially.

I've never had the money to buy a made horse. Every horse I've ever owned has been a project, and I've had horses for 35 years. Last horse I brought home was a 5 y/o OTTB, who only knew how to run to the left. 5 years later, and he's now a pretty darned nice trail/hunter pace mount.

Be proud of what you've accomplished, and stop worrying about what others do or don't have. That way lies frustration and bitterness. Everyone has problems and sorrows.
Untwist yer panties, dear. No one is vilifying anyone. It's a simple statement of fact, meaning we best work with what we have to work with. I'm old enough to be happy with what I have.
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post #12 of 37 Old 04-19-2014, 10:36 PM
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My knickers aren't twisted, just stating facts. You're new here and I've been away awhile. You'll figure out I don't argue emotion, only logic.

You stated something flatly, and I corrected you. The simple truth, as already pointed out by Golden, is that regardless of how much a horse might cost or how much of a schoolmaster they might be, if their rider doesn't have the talent or training to make them work at their best, the horse simply won't perform and win.

Sure, if you let yourself you can get frustrated over having to start with a green horse while other riders have the best right away, but without talent those riders will fail. Falling back on the old jealous line, 'Money bought the ribbons' is simply not true, and beneath a person who knows how to appreciate their own good fortune.

Most riders don't have money to burn, and earn what they get. Still doesn't mean the select few who are financially blessed are lacking in talent and abilities.

You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!

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post #13 of 37 Old 04-19-2014, 11:33 PM
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Originally Posted by squirrelfood View Post
Some people have money.
Some people have talent.

they aren't mutually exclusive.
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post #14 of 37 Old 04-19-2014, 11:36 PM
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I concur with you speed racer to a degree.
When it comes to most disciplines you'll find money and talent.
This rant didn't strike me as having anything to do with wealthy people competing in events. Essentially wealthy girls competing on proficient horses that don't have the talent to ride a sitting trot let alone a horse of this caliber competing with girls whom have been barrel racing their whole lives. Fundamentally speaking if you ride it you feed it. I'm not one to be jealous and I'm not a hater. I just know where the original poster is coming from as well.
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post #15 of 37 Old 04-19-2014, 11:45 PM
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Originally Posted by BarrelracingArabian View Post
On Instagram today and found this girl who's parents bought her not one but two highly expensive (30 and 40 thousand dollars) horses.

Here's another couple of thoughts for you.

Do you know this girl personally? In other words, you KNOW it's true that her parents bought her the expensive horses?

I used to ride at a barn and there was a guy there who was good looking, came from a well to do family, rode very well and really had no reason to tell whoppers and he did it all the time. For the entire time I knew him he "was going to get" the amazing warmblood, it was in transit to him as we spoke. Then it would fail a PPE, the seller backed out, the horse got injured, etc etc etc. He never got a warmblood and come to find out, he was NEVER going to get a warmblood because his parents weren't stupid. I learned that when his lips were moving he was lying.

And the final thought you don't want to hear right now and that's ok. Later on, when you ride like a total cossack from riding all the tough ones that you don't own, and you've made them be good, solid citizens, you'll find just the right horse for you. And you will have all the skills you need to turn out and awesome personal riding horse in your chosen discipline and you won't have to feel the least bit upset by anyone else's horse.

I know you're just grousing and blowing steam, but Speed Racer is right, dwell on what others have that you don't leads you right down the road to bitterness and unhappiness. Teach yourself to be happy where you are with what you have and you will be way ahead of most other folks you meet.

Sermon over!

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post #16 of 37 Old 04-19-2014, 11:49 PM
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I have seen some outstanding colts for well below 10K. I have also seen good horseflesh w no pedigree for less, still. I'd rather get a colt that was solid for my intended "purpose" and train it myself, than work with "someone else's screw ups".
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post #17 of 37 Old 04-19-2014, 11:53 PM
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I will simply say that I wish I owned a horse. Regardless of your history or frustrations, I envy you for at least being able to be in that position.

My very best to you.
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post #18 of 37 Old 04-20-2014, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
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Yup stated on her post her parents bought them for her. However I know I am lucky to have horses in my life but being that I want to compete so badly it sucks seeing girls handed 2 ready to compete horses when I'm struggling to get one to even start on the pattern.

I am in no way hating in her but frustrated with my own position. I've been trying to get competitive for the last 4 years and been shut down every time. 1 horse coliced and had to pts (rip soldier), one I worked for 2 1/2 yrs to get him going nicely from a high headed but case only for my trainer and the Bo to get into a fight and I got threatened by the Bo so I left another I put 3 months work on only to have the owner turn around and sell her out from under me ( I was leasing her) and the list goes on. It's just discouraging is all.
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post #19 of 37 Old 04-20-2014, 10:03 AM
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When I was 11, my parents bought me a $100.00 unbroken quarter horse ridgeling. I was ecstatic. I taught him to jump and started going to shows. Gradually I realized I was competing against all these throughbreds (back in my day, those were the top hunter/jumpers - warmbloods of today were virtually unknown lol). Anyway, as much as I loved my horse, I started feeling a little ashamed of him and intimidated. In spite of that, he took me to national ranking in BOTH hunters and jumpers, and beat those thoroughbreds regularly. Looking back, I realize how much better he could have been if I had had more faith in him. All of the parents who bought those gorgeous thoroughbreds were always asking my dad "where did you find a horse tjat can jump like that?". I guess what I'm saying is there ARE "diamonds in the rough" that can be had for a lower price. The first trick is finding it, the second is having faith in it and not be intimidated by the money horses.
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post #20 of 37 Old 04-20-2014, 01:41 PM Thread Starter
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Again I am aware and I do not want the most pricey horse out there all I've had are projects even the two I ride for my trainer were rescues . Sugar was found literally skin and bones the owner was only feeding him once a week , classy was found in a junkyard and both bucked like hell. Both are now great kids horses and classy is a nice barrel horse. Sugar is still quirky but both turned out to be amazing horses.

I'm not sure where it came off that I don't think a cheap find can become a good horse but that's not my thoughts at all. I'm simply stating that it sucks to see girls handed high end horses when I'm struggling to find a nice lower priced horse. That is all there is no hate towards the girl in particular, it's cool she has parents to support her like that but I just want something I can run barrels on and have fun again.

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